Sickle cell disease is the most common genetic disease in the U.S., and patients with the disease may rely on regular blood transfusions to help prevent complications such as organ and tissue damage, severe pain, and strokes. It is essential that the blood patients with sickle cell disease receive be the most compatible match possible, from someone of the same race or similar ethnicity.
Today, there aren’t enough blood donors who are Black to help meet this important need. Now more than ever, the Red Cross needs your help. You can join us in this lifesaving mission by:
- Share the need on social media and raise awareness by using the tools provided.
- Schedule an appointment to donate blood and encourage others to join you.
- Pay it forward by hosting a blood drive.
Complete the form, click submit and access all of the information and resources you’ll need to make a difference in the life of a patient with sickle cell disease as well as moms with complicated childbirths, people fighting cancer, accident and trauma victims, those with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, and many more.